On The Job (Revised)

Tulip was staying at a dusty little motel that reminded me of the place where we first came across Marvin Winkleman’s wife. And the guy she was meeting out there, which turned out to be a big surprise. That’s in To Fetch A Thief, so forget it for now. The point is Bernie and I drove in the Porsche and Tulip drove Ray in her car.

“Wow,” Tulip said, when we were all together outside her door. “Astrid doesn’t look nearly old enough to have a full-grown kid like Ray. Full-grown man, I should say.”

Sometimes when humans get uncomfortable they shift from foot to foot, men more than women and young men like Ray the most. Ray was doing it now. “She was pretty young when she had me,” he said.

“And she’s such a good dancer, too,” said Tulip. She unlocked the door and we went inside. “Hey,” she said. “That’s funny.”

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91 Responses to “On The Job (Revised)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:55 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Chet, you're killing me here! What's funny? Would you stop watching that kat down the road or the fuzzbutts in the yard or whatever else is distracting you and just get on with the…oh, hey, I think I hear a food wrapper opening!

  2. staff
    4:12 am on August 2nd, 2010

    OK, WE are off to get poked. Mr Staff is carrying a huge bag of all my pills and I am carrying a manila envelope with the top carefully cut open. I peeked in. It is paperback, but I already knew that from the flexiblity of the envelope. It is red colored. It is not coming out until needles are in site.

    Gosh I hope the first chapter is longer than a few pages.

    I won't be back until late afternoon as we have a Dr appt at 2:20 we have to wait around for. (sorry B)

    See you all later.

  3. B. Stover
    4:30 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Another cliff-hanger. Grrrrr. Okay. I'll guess.

    They're inside. The reaction doesn't seem to indicate that someone tore apart the room. Therefore, Tulip most notice that something is out of place or that something has been taken. The suitcases?

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:42 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Staff: Good luck! Both with the poking and the length of the first chapter. Do you get to read Chapter 2 at your afternoon appointment?

    Bee: I'm thinking maybe the lights are on but she turned them off. Or maybe she left the curtains open but now they're closed. You're right, it has to be something subtle. A ransacked room would have prompted a bigger reaction.

  5. dawson
    4:58 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Oh my. If the suitcases have been taken, we are missing some valuable clues, darn the bad luck.

    Wookie: regarding your post yesterday. Sure, I'd order a signed, paw-printed copy of the new book, in a New York minute. I'm in.

    C. Harris: I'm wondering if you have any darkness at night yet?

  6. B. Stover
    5:02 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Here's a NYTimes article about vintage baseball.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/sports/02mudvil

  7. B. Stover
    5:04 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Perhaps if the suitcases were missing there would be a more emotional reaction?

  8. FattyKitty
    5:12 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Blogs like this are not healthy for a curious Cat. I am also guessing that the suitcases are gone. Harumph!

    I wanted to say this yesterday but the Librarian would spend her one day off doing chores and not leaving the computer on so I could sneak in a paw: that fabric around Bluecat's square complements the shape and slantiness of her eyes perfectly. (Don't get jealous, Abigail. You know you are the epitome of kittiness to me. That yoga picture…meooowwwwwww!)

    Lib has had to place a hold on DTRH because "All copies are checked out or unavailable."

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:24 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Bee: I'm thinking you're right about the suitcases — unless Tulip's brain cell count isn't keeping count with her bust size! If she's a little on the dim side, she might just wonder where those silly suitcases went! But even in that case, I would think a ransacking would provoke more of a reaction.

    Fatty Kitty: Our library has several copies available — too bad Mom can't send you one!

    Ta ta for now, everyone. Mom is turning the computer off to go run errands before she heads for the library. Back tonight!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    5:25 am on August 2nd, 2010

    We agree with the suitcase theory. Couldn't be anything drastic.

    Wookie, you are my hero!

  11. Riö - The Evil
    5:32 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Funny!… Didn’t we run into Marvin Winkleman and his cheating wife in one of the other books?…. snort!… Well, not really run into but heard about?… snuff!… He must have forgave her and now she’s been out cheating on poor Marv again in the third book….grunt!…Wake up Marvin!

  12. B. Stover
    5:53 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Perhaps the suitcases are still in the room but they've been moved. Would that mean Astrid's back? Or someone else was there….

  13. Melanie
    5:54 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Now RIö, maybe Chet just had a paws in his thinking process.

    I think that missing suitcases are too easy. Why would she keep suitcases in the middle of her room anyway? Something subtle as Kirby T the 27th and B. Stover have mentioned. Lights? TV? The bed made? Unmade? Pizza box on the table? Wait, I think Chet would have smelled that.

    Riö and Kirby T the 28th, you are both right. We live in a weird world here and yes, I was trying to keep puppies awake.

    Staff, you are wonderful and patience personified. You PEEKED into the envelope?

    Good luck with the sticking. I hate the sticking. Makes me wonder why do I go to acupuncture.

    Then apropos to absolutely nothing. . .

    Why don't Mulder and Scully ever find the LIGHT SWITCH with their flashlights, and THEN go in the room after turning the lights ON?

  14. dawson
    6:08 am on August 2nd, 2010

    B. Stover: Great article on baseball. That's some baseball I could get excited about watching, gentlemen's rules and played for the love of the game rather than the love of the dollar.

  15. dawson
    6:10 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Fatty Kitty or Kirby: I know Im only reading every other word but what is DTRH?

  16. B. Stover
    6:12 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Dawson: Right on!!

  17. Riö - The Evil
    6:21 am on August 2nd, 2010

    DTRH!… I think she is talking about Down the Rabbit Hole…snort!

  18. dawson
    6:27 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Thanks Rio: That must be it.

    Washing windows today. Boring but necessary. Love the smell of vinegar.

  19. Mollie (a black pood
    6:38 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie: Thanks again to your Mom for doing my square. I will donate to the Poodle Rescue.

    Staff: The Pot Roast sounds delicious & easy enough for me to cook.

    Rio: Good idea re "One Just Plunders On". I love that motto.

  20. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:48 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Good morning all!

    Pops was just telling me a story about his encounter with a famous author dog. This dog is the star of "The Dogondest Christmas". Pops was on a local show talking about fire safety with the late great Blitz the firedog. Author dog was very mellow, Dad thinks he was drugged. Blitz wanted him to play, and got very excited. The next weekend, Pops and Blitz had a fire safety gig at the mall, and who do think was there doing a book pawing? Blitz was very excited, maybe a little too much, to see author dog again, and well long story short, poor Blitz got banned from the mall. We all get a little star-struck sometimes.

  21. dawson
    6:59 am on August 2nd, 2010

    I'm thinking of Staff reading that first chapter of TFAT. I remembered that Melanie's blog has Dan's book on it waiting for me to read. I just read the first chapter and it's hooked me already. Wonder if I have as much self control as Staff to only read one chapter a day? NOT! Maybe one chapter per every window washed. I bet Staff is on the 2nd chapter by now saying, " Well, maybe just 2 chapters per poke".

  22. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:05 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Yes, 2 chapters per poke is more like it. I hope staff doesn't have to get her temperature taken!

  23. Riö - The Evil
    7:55 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Staff!…. I hope she is laughing and not crying….sniff! …I wonder if she has met Peanut yet??… grunt!… I guess only Wookie would know the answer to that question…(sob!sob!sob!)

  24. Melanie
    8:06 am on August 2nd, 2010

    I'm wondering if I should buy peanuts to shell and eat while reading T-FAT?

  25. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:08 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie – mom took some photos of me looking out the winder yesterday and asked ots (oldest twin son) to download the photos.

    Oops, ots had taken the memory card out of camera. And then misplaced the cord thing that goes between the camera and computer.

    Mom will take some photos of me tonight and put them on website.

    I don't mind. I like getting my picture taken. But mom feels bad about the delay.

  26. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:09 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Ok, Rio, he was so embarrassed that he made a correction.

  27. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:09 am on August 2nd, 2010

    I think that Tulips room has been ransacked. But some of the dialog makes me wonder whether or not Ray is really Astrids son.

    Pondering……

  28. Riö - The Evil
    8:19 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wolfie!… What makes you think the room was ransacked?….snort!… If you came home and found your place ransacked, you wouldn’t say, “That’s Funny. I don’t remember tearing my house apart before I left for work this morning”, now would you? … wheeze!

  29. Riö - The Evil
    8:20 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Revised!… Now I can re-read it without cringing… snort! … Thanks Admin! Sorry to bother you about missing words and stuff, but this here is Chet’s Blog and we don’t want to get sloppy now do we? … grunt!

  30. dawson
    8:25 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Oops!

    I'm up to Chapter 5 of Dan's book and no more windows have been washed. I do not have the self control that my elder sister has.

    T-bone steak and onions for brunch. Life is good. Will have vegetable later. Honest.

  31. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:32 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Rio, careful about casting stones. "… He must have forgave her…" *chortle,snort*

  32. dawson
    8:35 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Well!

    I see that Fatty Kitty has blogged about our blog on her blog! This is her first post in 5 months on her blog so we must be something!

  33. Riö - The Evil
    8:49 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Min Pin!… Should that have been “forgiven”?… snort!… It sounded right at the time, but maybe you are correct!…Stover will let us know!

  34. B. Stover
    8:59 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Staff: I mailed my square to you. Please note the stamps on the envelope…Heh!

  35. B. Stover
    9:20 am on August 2nd, 2010

    "He must have forgiven her" is the correct usage. "Must" and "have" are being used as auxiliary verbs which change the mood of the sentence: It is not certain if he forgave her or not.

    "He forgave her" shows certainity.

  36. Riö - The Evil
    9:24 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Grunt!… I stand corrected, but not Revised…. snort!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Heh!… You’ve got to love how Chet forgot a word in his usually pristine narrative…. snort!… “ Tulip was staying at a dusty little motel that reminded of the place where we first came across Marvin Winkleman’s wife.”… cough!

  38. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:09 am on August 2nd, 2010

    You go Fatty Kitty! Rio, to be revised, is like being fixed? B. Stover, does it ever get crowded in your head with all that info?

    We bet you even know how to diagram a sentence, which Grandma always told Mom she would learn in 7th grade, but did not.

  39. Melanie
    10:38 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Macy, Not sure I ever wrote . . but your puppies were beautiful!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    10:39 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Min Tin!… Are you telling me something or asking me something about what ‘Revised’ means? …snort!…You can fix my written words, but you cannot fix my basic natural qualities ….grunt! … I will for the most part be grumpy and grouchy, I will always want what I want when I want it… wheeze!.. I will cry and beg till the cows come home to get what I want when I want it, just ask my friend. … sniff!

  41. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:45 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Uh, that is not what I meant by fixed, lol. I don't think anyone would dream of trying to fix your basic nature, Pug just gotta snort..grunt..snorkle..grouch

  42. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:46 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Thanks Melanie, and you know beautiful puppies. Now they are teenagers and driving us all crazy. At least the 2 that live here.

  43. Barb & Maggie
    10:58 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Oh, oh, I think I am in deep doo-doo! Barb took me out to do my business before she cut grass, but there were these 3 men that were working on the barn, and they were yelling and pounding really loud. I was so scared that I high-tailied it to the front porch and hid there. She let me back in and went out to cut the grass. When she came in she said "Oh, Maggie, what did you do?" No way around it, I did my business in the house, and I NEVER do that!

    I did it in the kitchen, on the living room rug, and about 6 spots on the dining room rug. If I could have gotten in the other rooms, I would have done it there, too.

    Human faces are sort of hard to read, but I know she is not smiling or talking to me right now. She is just cleaning!

  44. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:59 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Mom is breathing a whole lot easier today and so am I. We had a kind of a Chet moment, but fortunately it turned out just like it did for Chet. She found a lump near my back side late last week and got really concerned. I did have a mast cell carcinoma about five years ago, but it was caught very early and, while I looked really funny after the surgery for a while (part of my side having been shaved bare where they did the incision), it all turned out well. We went to the vet this morning and they confirmed that it was just a cyst and nothing more. I was pretty cool about the whole thing, but I could tell my mom was really worried. She's much better now. Moms are like that, you know. Wookie

  45. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:08 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Yea Wookie, a gentleman and a survivor. We LIKE it!

    Maggie, don't let it get you down. I bet your mom would not like squatting on the cold grown in the middle of winter, but you do it anyway, so, what's a little mishap now and then. Or at least that is my theory. Now Belle, that dog is just too lazy to go out sometimes, unacceptable. And Biddie…we think she is paper trained, as in, whatever piece of paper happens to be on the floor, she is all over it. *sigh* At least I don't have to clean up her messes any more. But mom makes the upside down smile face when she comes home to a puddle.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    11:11 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie, If I had known about your scare earlier, I could have done some extra poops in your honor. Glad things are ok with you, and also glad those evil barn guys have gone home.

  47. Riö - The Evil
    11:12 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Min Pin!… Check it out! “squatting on the cold grown”…. heh!

  48. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Macy, Thanks for the words of support. I didn't really want to do it, but how could I concentrate outside with all those big loud guys out there in MY barn?

  49. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:17 am on August 2nd, 2010

    cold grown grass Uh, yeah that's it!

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:18 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Maggie, not to mention the lack of privacy!

  51. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:20 am on August 2nd, 2010

    We have a team of strange men come and mess up MY grass every Thursday. Lucky that no one is here to hear what we have to say to them. The pups do love to go out and throw the cut grass up in the air though, and then roll around in it.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    11:27 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie!… I am so glad you are okay!…snort!…Don’t scare me like that pal…whew!

  53. B. Stover
    11:29 am on August 2nd, 2010

    I haven't diagrammed a sentence in years but I think I still know how. They don't teach that in many schools anymore but it's the best way to learn parts of speech and sentence structure. There are several internet sites that show how to diagram.

  54. B. Stover
    11:30 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie: I'm very glad nothing was wrong.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on August 2nd, 2010

    Bee, Barb said when she was in school she loved to diagram, but then again, she likes tim futures.

  56. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:40 am on August 2nd, 2010

    There was a really bad editorial in the New York Times today critizing the new legislation passed by the House prohibiting depictions of animal cruelty (so-called "crush films"), which was an effort to address the concerns the U.S. Supreme Court had raised in U.S. v. Stevens (see Chet blog of April 26) which struck down some prior legislation passed by Congress prohibiting such depictions. They just don't get it. While the original law that was struck down by the Supreme Court may have been a little overbroad, the newer version passed by the House is much more narrowly drawn and should be enthusiastically supported, not criticized. I bet if Congress passed a law prohibiting depictions of cruelty to newspaper editors, they would be all for it though. Wookie

    Full text of NY Time editorial copied below.

    Disgusting but Not Illegal

    Published: August 1, 2010

    "Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who has become one of the First Amendment’s most adamant defenders, led the Supreme Court earlier this year in refusing to create a new exception to the free speech clause. With only one dissent, the court struck down a law that banned depictions of animal cruelty. The House has come back with a replacement bill that is an improvement over its predecessor but still misses the constitutional point Justice Roberts made.

    Historically, the Supreme Court has recognized only a small handful of exceptions to free speech. As Justice Roberts explained in his opinion in April, the court has long held that government can ban obscenity, defamation, fraud, incitement and speech integral to criminal conduct, a category that includes child pornography. When Congress tried to add depiction of animal cruelty to this list, the court balked.

    Justice Roberts said the court cannot create a new exception to free speech by simply balancing the value of the speech against its harm to society. The First Amendment “reflects a judgment by the American people that the benefits of its restrictions on the Government outweigh the costs,” he wrote. “Our Constitution forecloses any attempt to revise that judgment simply on the basis that some speech is not worth it.”

    Almost no one would say depictions of animals being crushed or mutilated are worthwhile. The concept is so repulsive that animal rights advocates persuaded a very busy House to pass a new bill outlawing them.

    Unlike the first one, the new bill excludes videos of hunting, trapping or fishing, or of normal agricultural practices. It bans any images of actual conduct in which animals are intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated or impaled in a manner that would violate federal or state animal cruelty laws. Most important, it simply declares that all such images are obscene.

    Obscenity, however, is limited in American law to certain prurient sexual content. Cruelty to animals does not fit that category, and Congress cannot simply create a new category of obscenity. A better analogy would have been to child pornography, in which the act of taking pictures of children is itself illegal. But Justice Roberts said animal cruelty is not in that category either.

    The First Amendment is a remarkably fragile institution that does not need more exceptions carved from its meaning. But attempts to do that arise all the time. A California case coming before the court in the next term attempts to ban the sale of violent video games to minors, though there is no recognized exception to the First Amendment for violence, either. These games, and animal cruelty videos, may be repugnant to many, but America’s legal tradition keeps them from being illegal."

  57. Barb & Maggie
    12:16 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Even if they are illegal, there will still be sick, perverted people who will want them. What kind of a person could possibly enjoy something like that? Barb says it makes her physically ill to even think about such a film and the people who make them. Does that really fall under "freedom of speech"?

  58. dawson
    12:16 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie and Wookie's Mom: I am relieved that you are fine. We do so depend upon you for our legal analysis, song lyrics, 007ish escapades, quilting, and just for your all around good looks and works.

  59. dawson
    12:26 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Oops. How dare those loud guys invade your space! How are they!

    Wonder how Staff got along? I am not a fan of needle pokes and am quite willing to wait patiently until Sept 28th for my copy of TFAT. Whimper, sob, whimper.

  60. dawson
    12:27 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    OOps: Not How are they? I meant How dare they!

  61. Barb & Maggie
    12:43 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Well, Barb say to suck it up and be brave, because they are going to be here till the barn is all fixed. I am used to a pretty quiet life, so things like this upset me. That's why Barb says I am going to go with her to an obedience class, whatever that is. She says I need more socializing and it will be fun. We'll see!

    I wonder when Staff will get home and if she really was able to stop after one chapter.

  62. dawson
    1:17 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Yes I wonder too if Staff was able to stop after just one chapter.

    I'm on chapter 9 of Dan's book on Melanie's blog. It is very compelling and an emotional story that has Newfs! Washing windows has now been forgotten.

  63. B. Stover
    1:47 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Barb&Maggie: I always liked diagramming sentences also. I liked working out Venn diagrams too (in philosophy). I've never liked tin futures….not that I knew what they were.

  64. FattyKitty
    1:55 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Curses! Lib is quite selfish with the computer today. She saw what Dawson wrote and became curious. (Maybe some of my aura has wafted onto her – the curious part.) She is now on Ch. 20 of Dan's book. Finally she had to go out and mow the lawn, and I got my turn.

    And Dawson, say this: "Fatty Kitty is a HE, Fatty Kitty is a HE, Fatty Kitty is a HE." I understand that I have the most beautiful fluffy pelt, but it does not make me a SHE. Lib is SHE, I am HE. I write that blog because SHE has not my creativity. Harumph!

    I do so enjoy being huffy.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280789720-07 08 MN 4425 fk pj domain upstairs sitting room.JPG[/img]

  65. Siberian Husky
    2:05 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Wookie, I'm glad your bump turned out to be nothing. You have a good mom who got it checked right away.

    Thanks for posting the stupid editorial for us. Respect for all animals has come a long way, but we have so very far to go.

    Maggie, hang in there…You didn't do it on purpose, and Barb knows that you didn't. I don't think I could poop outside either if there was yelling and pounding. I had some difficulties doing it outside during the fourth. No accidents, but those accidents can happen to the best of us dogs.

    Thanks for the baseball link, Stover. That was nice of you because I know you are not a baseball fan. I enjoyed reading it.

  66. Siberian Husky
    2:08 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Fatty Kitty is very fluffy. He probably isn't all that fat underneath the fluff.

  67. Melanie
    2:09 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Wöökie! GREAT NEWS!! Congrats and mom gets to breath. That's always good.

    The Supreme Court is not correct on this. What on earth are they thinking? The people who make and/or watch these snuff films are getting some sort of vicarious thrill and enjoyment making and/or watching these things.

    Did they not learn that cruelty animals can lead to cruelty towards humans?

    This is not about First Amendment Rights, this is about crazies.

  68. Melanie
    2:11 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    MagPie, Barb will forgive you. You are a fierce dog when it comes to rats, you don't have to be fierce all the time.

  69. Melanie
    2:12 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Glad Dawson and the Librarian are having fun with Dan's book. I'll let him know when I talk to him next.

  70. dawson
    2:19 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Oops!

    Fatty Kitty is a He. Fatty Kitty is a He. Fatty Kitty is a He. Woe is I.

  71. B. Stover
    2:20 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    SH: You're welcome. I read and enjoyed the poem "Casey at the Bat" when I was a kid.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    2:42 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Thank you, guys. Barb is not really mad it me, she just thinks I need exposure to more people and situations, so I don't get upset when something different happens.

    So I guess Fatty Kitty is a boy, huh?

  73. Barb & Maggie
    3:03 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Barb also said that I am not really a totally grown up doggy yet, so she is cutting me some slack.

    She did say that she wishes I had done all my business on the wood floor, rather than including the 2 rugs, because clean up would have been easier. Well, there's alway tomorrow!

  74. staff
    3:15 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    First chapter is 9 pages. I needed every one. I was in Fargo for 10 hours and am very tired. Going to nap.

    BBL

  75. Barb & Maggie
    3:45 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Glad you are back, Staff.

    OK Dawson, she is your sister – what does BBL mean?

  76. dawson
    3:55 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    That Staff! She has such will power. Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Maybe she read Chapter 1 about 100 times. I could not have stopped at one.

  77. dawson
    3:56 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    BBL = be back later. Thanks for making me feel computer literate.

  78. Barb & Maggie
    4:16 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    OK, we should have thought of that! Fierce Maggie here.

  79. dawson
    4:42 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Wow!

    The Canadian Snowbirds are flying around the town. I heard a deafening rushing sound and ran outside and they were already almost out of sight. Then 15 minutes or so they came over again…and again…and, well, that is so cool. A free air show.

  80. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    AAAARGH!…. our computer is not doing well tonight…sob!… She thinks the Virus’ we picked up trying to make the quilt squares are killing us softly with their vileness …snort!… We have tried and tried to re-boot, re-start… nothing helps….grunt!…It is running at a snails pace…grunt!… Tonight someone is going to start a procedure to maybe help the old dear computer out after we go to bed… sniff!…We can’t afford to lose her, not right now!…yeep! yeep! sob!

  81. dawson
    5:35 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Free Air Show!

    The Snowbirds just took off from here flying right over my house. One tipped his wings. Wow! That gets your adreneline going. Oh!!! One more time all in formation!!!! They come here to fuel up before going to their next show.

    Rio: You need a computer in working condition.

  82. Riö - The Evil
    6:12 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Wow!…. Sometimes my friend is very helpful to have around! …snort!…She did a defragmentation procedure?( I think) before we went to bed because why wait? Yeah!…Now our old computer is alive and she is UP and AT IT!…Woooo!….sneeze!…This is the fastest I have seen her perform in Ages!…wow!….The old girl still has some spark! Thank goodness! …sigh!…I see I have not missed much riveting conversation all night… sniff!…Flying geese called “Snowbirds”…really?…Don’t they just POOP all over everything and everyone at will… gag!…I hate those guys!

    Staff!… I hope you are up to C’ing’YE tomorrow…dammit! heh! … Get well girl. We need you so much around this joint… snuffle!

  83. Riö - The Evil
    6:22 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Snowbirds!… I thought those were old people with RV’s who go down south where SiberH lives for the winter…heh!… I think it is still too hot for that too happen. So now we are a tad curious about what Dawson is calling “SnowBirds”, if not Poop Spraying Geese….grunt!… sigh…I bet everyone has gone to bed by now and we just need to give it up for the evening…sigh. What a disappointment ….grump!

    (wow! she is flying like a real computer again!)

  84. dawson
    6:37 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Ha Rio: The Canadian Snowbirds are like the American Thunderbirds. I'm glad your computer just needed to be defragmented. We need you on the blog job. I'm expecting Staff to wake up in the middle of the night since she went to bed early.

  85. dawson
    6:42 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Like the Blue Angels, they fly in formation and do somersaults and other aerobatics.

  86. Riö - The Evil
    6:43 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    G’Night all!… I am tired and all that, but I have to tell you, we have been invaded by a mysterious Spider Spy Agent!… snort!… Not small tiny bedbugs …NO!…(I have professionally checked those guys out!) … sniff!…This is a sneaky big Spider!… gasp!…He has been biting my friend non-stop for the past week or more!….grump…She has lumps an bumps that itch so bad – some have been reduced to scabs by now. But there is a brand new one on her thigh today …CRAP!….This is something I cannot protect her from! …sniff!sniff!….This house has NO VISIBLE INVADERS! …grrrrrr!…But there is one Commando Spider hiding during the day and biting during the night!…Yikes! …Someone is almost afraid to go to sleep tonight….yeep! (me!)

    Plan!…Tomorrow before she leaves for work the whole bedroom will be sprayed with “something”, whatever she has on hand…sigh!… The door will be closed so I will NOT be on the Big Bed tomorrow at all (thank goodness!)… I will stick to my bed bug free soft baseball filled bed…heh!…But what about TONIGHT!???? …. Yeep!..I hope she survives!… snort!…All that guys spider friends probably know about her now and are on their way to suck the life out of her tonight!…yikes!…And then who is going to feed me in the morning and afternoon????… gulp! g’night….yeep!

  87. dawson
    6:46 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Crapola Rio! I hope she survives.

  88. staff
    7:15 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Hi there Dawson,

    You have me figured out. I woke up and now will probably be up for a few hours before going to bed again.

    Yes, I only read chapter one. Yes I read it more than once. I had an incident in the poking room and there was blood dripping everywhere. AUGHHHH!

    I was not happy and thank dog I had the book to read. But I was strong. I have lots of pokes to endure so I only read chapter one,9 pages, twice. Then I took up the alternate book by Thomas Perry called "Metzger's Dog". The second of his books, it is lots of fun. The most fun about it is the Metzger of the title, Doctor Henry Metzger, is a CAT!

    Hahahahahahha

    His dog, unnamed, is a 200 pound junkyard guard who comes to Doctor Henry Metzger in an amusing side story.

    I highly recommend it.

    Now I am going to go get something to eat. Goodnight all! It was sure nice to see the Fatty Kitty get some computer time today.

    Staff

  89. staff
    7:17 pm on August 2nd, 2010

    Gosh I HATE spiders!

    Staff

    (Abbie eats them, after patting them into submission)

    (Alice ignores them)

    Can't you protect her Rio?

    Staff

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:32 pm on August 2nd, 2010
  91. dawson
    5:26 am on August 3rd, 2010

    WWWWW: Those are very nice pictures. You are one good looking dude.

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